Messin' with the Blues

Messin' with the Blues

by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes


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Southside Johnny Lyon's first studio release in nearly a decade is a roaring return to form, as well as one of the bluesiest albums in his catalog. Produced by E Street Band bassist and Lyon's friend Garry Tallent (the two share a record collection as well as New Jersey roots), the disc boasts a professional but far-from-slick sound that perfectly captures this rollicking, bar band, horn-driven music. Lyon's voice has toughened over the years, which infuses it with a more ragged tone, adding to the overall sturdiness of the disc's sound. Lyon's terrific harp playing, which has frustratingly stayed on the back burner in the past, bursts out here with authority and conviction. His lip-shredding harmonica on "Sinful" won't put him in a league with Little Walter, but he's sure in the same ballpark. Although about half of the tracks are covers (from Tom Waits, Memphis Slim, and Percy Mayfield, among others), Lyon's co-written originals are some of his best and certainly most bluesy. There's still a taste of the raucous "Havin' a Party" style he's best known for in "Tell 'Em I'm Broke," but the Jukes -- both old and new members contribute -- effectively shift gears into John Lee Hooker-styled boogie ("Kill My Love") and earthy zydeco (Eddie Shuler's "Come Home Little Girl" and the accordion-driven, locomotive tempo of "Looks Like Rain"), as well as creeping, Dr. John-influenced swamp rock gris-gris ("Satan's Shoes"). A phenomenal comeback, and far better than his directionless (and out-of-print) mid-'80s records, Messin' With the Blues fulfills the promise of the Jukes' early recordings and establishes Southside Johnny as a creative and gifted bluesman whose party-animal days are behind him. Hopefully listeners won't have to wait another nine years for the next chapter in the Jukes' story.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Leroy Records
UPC: 0760137952824
catalogNumber: 9528
Rank: 141576


  1. Gin-Soaked Boy
  2. Living With the Blues
  3. Rhumba and Coke
  4. Sinful
  5. Messin' Around With the Blues
  6. Tell 'em I'm Broke
  7. Satan's Shoes
  8. Intermission
  9. Cadillac Jack
  10. Looks Like Rain
  11. River's Invitation
  12. Come Home Little Girl
  13. Mother Earth
  14. Kill My Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes   Primary Artist
Bobby Bandiera   Guitar
Steve Conn   Accordion
Paul Griffith   Washboard
Southside Johnny   Harp,Vocals
Sheila Lawrence   Background Vocals
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Richie Rosenberg   Trombone
Britt Savage   Background Vocals
Joey Stann   Tenor Saxophone
Garry Tallent   Bass
Rick Schell   Conga
Kevin Gordon   Guitar
Chris Anderson   Trumpet
Jeff Kazee   Keyboards
Destinations   Sounds
Ed Manion   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Chucki Burke   Drums
Slurr Brothers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Henry Gross   Composer
Bobby Bandiera   Composer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Matt Noble   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Jay Stutes   Composer
Garry Tallent   Composer,Producer
Floyd Hunt   Composer
Kevin Gordon   Composer
Michelle Paponetti   Collage
John Lyon   Composer
L.C. Frazier   Composer
Bob Delorenzo   Collage
Bob Rosenfeld   Collage

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